I'm getting ready to tackle building another screen for my 2.35 venture. My last one was out of doable board, so it was a little different process.
This time I'm going with a Centerstage XD screen. My screen dimensions are 105 x 45 and I'm waffling back and forth between frame size. I sorted through lumber for 45 minutes at HD until I finally found some straight sticks. The 1x4's were more warped than the 1x3's I found. I can't remember what wood they are (it wasn't poplar but very similar in rigidity).
Based on the fact that the material will be stapled to the backside I can't do a center brace. I will employ a french cleat system however (probably on top and bottom), and I would think that would stiffen up the framing significantly? I guess I could add a couple braces off center after I attach the screen material but would prefer not to.
1) Do you think the 1x3's will be strong enough to resist bowing over time?
2) Aesthetically, do you think the 1x3's will look good? With TV bezels getting thinner and thinner I kind of like the look of the narrower frames, but am not 100% sold. My screen wall is all going to be wrapped in Devore black velvet. I started with GOM, but didn't like the look of it. I figured this would negate the difference in frame size as it would blend in more to the background.
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